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Sep 04

Gloucester City 1 – 0 Hyde

Gloucester City held on for an important win in a scrappy game where neither team seemed to have the upper hand.

With both teams down to the bare bones the Hyde manager Neil Tolson started upfront, with the Gloucester manager Dave Mehew coming on in the second half

New striker Dale Johnson was absent for Hyde after picking up a knock in training while City’s injury list continued to grow during the warm up with Mitchell Bryant being withdrawn from the starting line up minutes before kick off.

City started with energy, a Will Morford shot rattling the post a minute in but Hyde boss Tolson matched it at the other end minutes later, scuffing a shot wide.

Hyde had the best of the possession in the first half with Tolson, Carlos Logan and Shaun Whalley enjoying efforts. The end product was lacking for the visitors with shots either lacking power or missing the target.

The second half was more of the same but Gloucester started to take the advantage of a tiring Hyde side. Mike Symons found space and began to threaten new Hyde keeper Russell Saunders.

On 51 minutes he beat the visitors’ offside trap, running onto a pass from Mike Tambling and coolly shot under Saunders to put Gloucester ahead.

Symons could have had a couple more goals but failed to control crosses in from Mullings and Tambling.

Hyde looked dangerous on the break but more often than not took too much time on the ball or lack the quality to shoot. On 83 minutes the Gloucester manager took his place on the field but like his opposite number could not get a shot away.

City head to Eastwood next weekend with the hope of at least some of their injured players returning.

Gloucester: K Sawyer, M Green, T Parrinello, M Richards, T Hamblin, D Mullings, M Tambling, M Rose, W Morford (D Mehew 87), M Symons, L Archer (O Barnes 65).

Subs:, W Morford, C Preece, N Mustoe

Hyde: R Saunders, D Stott ( C Rimmer 83), C Lynch, S McNiven, M Taylor, C Logan, S Whalley, M Burke, M Lees, N Tolson, A Smart (L Rick 44).

Subs: G Traynor, B Morris,, M Stewart

Att: 406

Referee: Marc Perry (Sutton Coldfield)

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